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World Athletics introduces new shoe rules

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Sporting governing body World Athletics has approved new regulations for shoes worn in high-level competitions. From 1st November 2024, athletes will not be permitted to wear footwear with a stack height of over 20 mm. The current regulations allow a 20 mm stack height for sprint and hurdle events up to 400 m, and a 25 mm stack for 800 m events and longer distances.

Most amateur clubs, schools and even masters-level competitions will be exempt from World Athletics’ new ‘applicable competitions scope’. Major marathons and some other elite events will continue with pre-event shoe declarations, and a greater emphasis will be placed on conducting post-race spot checks. From January 2022, athletic shoes must not contain any embedded ‘sensing or intelligent’ technology with the exception of heart rate or cadence monitors.

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This article was originally published on page 2 of the January 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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